*Idris Elba may be a British native, but he is a familiar face on the small and big screen here in the U.S. Prior to his big screen scintillating success, he could be seen on TV shows such as “Soul Food” and “The Wire.” He is also known for “Obsessed,” as Beyonce’s husband; “The Gospel,” “Daddy’s Little Girls,” “American Gangster,” and “This Christmas.” In “Ghost Rider: Sprit of Vengeance,” He plays Moreau. Upcoming projects are “Prometheus,” “Pacific Rim,” and “Thor 2.” In addition, Elba just won a Golden Globe award for the TV series “Luther.”
Elba’s “Ghost Rider” co-stars also think he’s great. “Idris is a very grand, very masculine and larger than life presence,” Nicolas Cage comments. There aren’t too many actors that can embody that level of size on camera; and I always find that exciting.”
Of his fellow co-star, Johnny Whitworth offers his observations.
“Idris is [not only] a phenomenal human being, but an outstanding actor,” Whitworth extols. “He’s able to really harness his fearlessness and follow his impulses. Idris is the man—I l love that guy. When you’re dealing with people of his caliber, his talent and doing this kind of film, it’s just lends itself to nothing but opportunities to explore who you are as an artist or an actor.”
In an exclusive interview with Elba, The Film Strip asked, “Being one of the hottest properties in Hollywood right now, if I touched you, I would probably get burned?” Elba laughs and says, “Thank you.” Although I have had many enjoyable interviews with Cage, I proceeded to play the Devil’s advocate.
I hear Nic is a bit crazy?
“He’s a very complicated man. Crazy? Everyone’s crazy, I am you are too, probably. But you know, he has a larger than life personality and some people don’t know how to take that. However, I enjoyed working with him and I think he’s a very good actor. Very brave and giving.”
Describe your role in “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance”?
The character I play is sort of like a priest monk. He drinks and rides motorcycles and can fight. It’s an interesting fun character. I get help from the Ghost Rider to help me exorcise the devil’s spawn.
I Heard something went wrong with the high speed chase?
No, nothing went wrong while we were filming. I mean, my character got into something that goes wrong, but there was nothing that actually happened while I was shooting.
Last year it was reported that some of Thor’s fans were very upset that you played Heimdall because he is supposed to be white. Instead of trying to defend you’re the blind casting, it was said you told them if they didn’t like it, then don’t go see it. Is that true?
Yeah, it is true. But honestly, I don’t like you talking about it in your interviews because I don’t give time to racists.
How was it working with Guillermo Del Toro?
Very well, and it’s an epic film [‘Project Rim’].
Were you surprised at receiving the Golden Globe for “Luther”?
I was ecstatic. I’m just coming down off Cloud 9 now. It was a really fun evening and it’s nice to be so recognized in that arena.
What’s on the drawing board for you that has yet to be announced in the press?
I’m doing this thriller with Taraji P. Henson. I’m really excited to work with her because she’s a phenomenal actor and I start that this summer.
Since this is Black History Month, any suggestions?
Off the top of my head, ‘Roots’ and Nelson Mandela documentaries. Of course there are a lot more that I can’t think of right now.
What role haven’t you played that you would like to do?
I’d like to play a historical figure that changes the world. Mandela is a character that I think I’m going to play and I’m looking forward to it.
Continued success to you, Idris
Thank you so much.